09/26/2021 at 1:41 PM CEST
Ethiopian athlete Guye Adola won the Berlin marathon today with a time of 2:05:45 ahead of the favorite and winner of the previous edition, his compatriot Keneninsa Bekela, which was third, at 01:02 minutes, with a time of 02:06:47.
Bekele could not thus add a third victory, after the triumphs of 2019 and 2016, and neither could he fulfill his goal of breaking the world record of the Kenyan Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge, from 2:01:39, obtained in 2018 in the Berlin marathon
Either Adola was able to beat the record of Kipchoge, nor the best mark of this year, held by the Kenyan Titus Ekiru, with a time of 2:02:57 achieved in May in Milan.
In second place was the Kenyan Bethwel Yegon, 29 seconds from Adola and with a record of 2:06:14.
In women the Ethiopian prevailed Gotytom gebreslase, with a time of 02:20:09, ahead of his compatriots Hiwot Gebrekidan (02:21:23) and Helen Tola (02:23:05).
Around 25,000 runners from 117 countries, compared to 47,000 in 2019, participated under the autumn sun in this 47th edition of the marathon, which is held for the first time with the corresponding hygiene and safety measures after the forced break last year by the coronavirus pandemic.
The nearly 100,000 spectators along the entire route had to wear a mask and maintain a distance of 1.5 meters.
Those who wanted to encourage the runners at the points indicated for it had to also certify compliance with one of the three “G’s” – for Geimpft, Genesen or Getestet, in German, vaccinated, healed or tested, with a negative result.